Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng handed the Christians an early Christmas present when he said they could use kalimah ‘Allah’ in Penang because the state enactment banning the use of the lafaz cannot be enforced on non-Muslims.
Yet is it the Muslims who are incessantly accused of extremism.
“Extremist, immoderate and intolerant voices as represented by Perkasa and Isma do not speak in our name.” – Open letter by 25 “eminent” Malays to the people of Malaysia
Lead letter writer Noor Farida Ariffin is the co-founder of Sisters In Islam and belongs to the traditional elite.
This is Umno today – “KJ 10 Q” (KJ thank you)
Who speaks for the non-“eminent” Malays?
The “eminent” Malays insist that Perkasa and Isma do not speak for them and nor for the Malay race.
So who speaks for the Malays then? Is it Umno Youth chief KJ – the one with the Dapster-Scissorati press secretary?
KJ has expensive tastes and lives in an affluent suburb of Bukit Damansara.
The poor and hardcore poor are found mostly in the rural areas. And they are mostly the Bumiputera.
Mean household income in the rural areas in 2012 was RM3,080 per month (see bar charts below).
Malay angst and anxiety
The lowest mean household income is in the Malay heartland states: Kelantan (RM3,168), Kedah (RM3,425), Perlis (RM3,538), Perak (RM3,548), Pahang (RM3,745) and Terengganu (RM3,967).
In the rest of the states, the mean household income is above RM4,000.
The highest income states are Kuala Lumpur-FT (RM8,586), Selangor (RM7,023) and Penang (RM5,055) where many Chinese live.
While the top 20 percent of the Bumiputera have a comfortable mean household income of RM10,666 per month, the bottom 40 percent of the Bumiputera earn RM1,686 per month. We’re talking the year 2012 here.
The top 20 percent of the Chinese get an income of RM15,254 per month while the bottom 40 percent of the Chinese earn RM2,455 per month (source: Statistics Department).
Raw sentiments channeled through Perkasa
Exciting #lifestyle man, Eric Paulsen believes that Perkasa and Isma support Umno interests – see his tweet yesterday, above.
More views from Paulsen, HERE. This KL lawyer fler doesn’t quite get the Malay psyche, methinks.
The Malay masses, who have little in common with the Eminent 25 Tan Sris and Datuks, are supporting Perkasa because their pent-up feelings need a vent. Unfortunately for them, Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali is not the most articulate of spokesmen.
In the 1930s and 1960s, the Malays were equally anxious about their place under the Tanah Melayu sun.
Umno is not addressing their current anxieties. Perkasa and Isma bangkit because Umno has lost its bearings.
Kalimah ‘Allah’ grab is a ticking time-bomb
The grand olde party is itself adrift and regressing. Umno is no longer on the ball in addressing Malay core concerns.
Noor Farida’s relative Tariq Ismail defended her and attacked Perkasa sec-gen Syed Hassan Syed Ali.
Tariq wrote a Letter to the Editor, saying:
“[Perkasa] Calling them [the 25 eminents] out with regards to the Kalimah Allah issue is simply petty and childish; of course they will sit on the side-lines on this matter. If they had sided with the non-Muslims and said this issue is unIslamic, you will brand them as munafiks or worse traitors. If they had sided with you, it will be unconstitutional and tantamount to treason. Common sense should have told you it was a stupid question to ask.”
The arrogant tone and shallowness of Tariq’s response speaks volumes.
Ah Jib Gor keeping promise to defend Islam?
Perkasa is quite correct to highlight the attempted robbery of kalimah ‘Allah’ by the creepy Christian cultists. It is an integral faith issue that is freaking out the Malays, only Firsters Tariq and Farida fail to see this.
Isma and Perkasa are necessarily taking up the cudgels because Umno is led by Mr Clueless who was educated in a mission school (St John’s in KL).
How much do the Tan Sris and Datuks understand of the fears and aspirations of the Isma and Perkasa crowd?